To keep pumpkins from rotting, store them at a very low temperature. Cold conditions inhibit the growth of bacteria, the driving forces behind rotting and decomposition. The colder the environment, the longer the pumpkins remain edible.
A:Depending on the source, milk should be fine to drink up to a week after the expiration date, according to WebMD. However, there are factors that can determine whether or not milk will spoil before this time. A milk carton that is left out at room temperature will spoil faster, and even a refrigerator that is not cool enough can allow the bacteria that causes milk to spoil to do its work faster.
A:Hot chocolate does not have more caffeine than coffee. The average cup of hot chocolate from Starbucks contains 25 milligrams of caffeine; the average cup of plain coffee from Starbucks contains 415 milligrams of caffeine.
A:Bottled water comes in sizes as small as 8 ounces per bottle and as large as 2.5 gallons per fridge pack. Purified water may also be bought in 5-gallon jugs for use with commercial coolers in offices and warehouses.
A:Director of nutrition for WebMD Kathleen M. Zelman explains that drinking water has several benefits, including maintaining a balance of bodily fluids, controlling calories, energizing the muscles, keeping the skin looking good, helping the kidneys and maintaining a healthy bowel function. However, Glasgow-based general practitioner Margaret McCartney in a MailOnline.com article warns against drinking too much water, stating that drinking water when not thirsty may impair concentration.
A:Buttermilk tastes creamy and tangy; it is similar in taste to plain yogurt. If it tastes bitter, then it is spoiled. Buttermilk is a cultured dairy product that provides a level acidity to recipes that call for it.
A:The fastest way to soften hard bread is to wrap it in a damp paper towel, and put it in the microwave for about 10 seconds on high heat. The amount of time that it takes to soften the bread will depend on the wattage of the microwave. Weaker microwaves will need longer than those with higher watts. It is important to place the hard bread on a microwave-safe dish to avoid causing any damage to the dish. Also, make sure that the paper towel is not soaking wet, just damp.
A:To reheat lasagna in the oven, transfer the lasagna in an ovenproof pan and cover the dish with a lid or a large piece of aluminum foil. Place the pan into a preheated 325-degree Fahrenheit oven to bake until it is heated through.
A:By gathering the unburned part of your food and using additional ingredients to mask that "burnt" taste, you can transform your burnt food into a delightful meal. Tomato, Worcestershire sauce and other spices work great to hide any burnt flavors.
A:Table sugar comes from plants, usually sugar cane or sugar beet. There are also minor commercial sugar crops like the date palm, sorghum and sugar maple. Sugar production is a long and complicated process that is highly industrialized.
A:Ginseng does not contain caffeine. It is commonly assumed to contain caffeine because of its reported ability to improve mental performance. Ginseng is an anabolic substance, while caffeine is a catabolic substance.
A:Gluten is a protein that is found in grains including wheat, rye and barley. A less-common grain called triticale, which is a cross between wheat and rye, also contains gluten. Any processed foods that contain ingredients such as white flour, whole wheat flour, wheat germ, semolina or graham flour also contain gluten.
A:A heaping tablespoon means that the tablespoon should be filled with as much of the ingredient that it can hold. A recipe calling for simply "1 tablespoon" means that the tablespoon should be level; a heaping tablespoon should not be used unless specifically called for in a recipe.
A:A liter of water contains 4.23 cups in the U.S. standard measurement system. In the U.K. imperial measurement system, a liter contains 3.52 cups. A metric cup contains 250 milliliters, so there are precisely 4 metric cups in a liter.
A:A dry ounce is equivalent to 2 tablespoons. The dry ounce is also equal to 1/8 cup and 28.3 grams. These simple conversions are helpful to know when cooking because the measurements indicated in a recipe can vary depending on where the cookbook or resource is published.